During Constitution Week, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter conducted presentations on the United States Constitution at three senior living facilities. At each of these facilities, flags were posted and the Pledge of Allegiance recited with the residents. After a prayer, a presentation was made telling of the history of the Constitution. In 1787, the government was a product of the Articles of Confederation, which proved to be weak and ineffective. A Constitutional Convention was convened in May 1787 with George Washington selected as President. 55 delegates were selected by 12 colonies to participate. Rhode Island did not want a strong federal government and did not send delegates. On 14 May, opening day, only delegates from Pennsylvania and Virginia were present. It was not until 25 May that a quorum of nine states were in attendance and the process to revise the Articles of Confederation began. On 30 May, a proposal was adopted to create a federal government consisting of three branches, Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. The process of writing the document then began by a committee chaired by Gouverneur Morris of New York. The majority of the writing was done by Virginia delegate James Madison, who became known as the "Father of the Constitution". After four months of discussion and compromise, the document was signed by 38 delegates on 17 September 1787. Nine States needed to ratify the Constitution for it to be come law. Delaware was the first with New Hampshire the ninth. On 21 June 1788, it became the law of the land. It wasn't until 29 May 1790 when Rhode Island vote for ratification that all 13 colonies had accepted it. In 1791, the first 10 Amendments were added as the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of States and freedoms of individuals.
On 13 September, the Sons of the American Revolution were at Commonwealth Senior Living in Front Royal. Dale Corey emceed with Larry Johnson, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, with Culpeper Minutemen Doug Schwetke and Bill Schwetke assisting in the presentation.
First photo is at Commonwealth Senior Living Facility l. to r. Dale Corey, Dough Schwetke, Bill Schwetke and Larry Johnson.
On 14 September, the presentation was given to Hidden Springs Senior Living Facility in Bentonville by compatriots Corey, Daniel, D. Schwetke and B. Schwetke.
. Second photo is at Hidden Springs Senior Living Facility l. to r. Doug Schwetke, Dale Corey and Bill Schwetke.
On 15 September it was presented to Greenfield Senior Living Facility in Woodstock by compatriots Corey, Daniel and Dennis Parmerter.
Third photo is at Greenfield Senior Living Facility l. to r. Dennis Parmerter, Dale Corey and Thomas "Chip" Daniel.